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Happy Free Comic Book Day! (A day late)

We hope you all had a lovely Free Comic Book Day yesterday!

Usually, my trips to the comic store involve me quietly staring at books with way-too-much-intensity, trying to best decide how to spend my money, but it’s always a nice change of pace to have a fun free-for-all event there! Saturday, there were tons of new and old fans swarming about to grab their free issues while enjoying nerd comradeship and fun little extras provided by the store.

I headed out to Dreamworld Comics to grab my free books for the year, and it was abuzz with sounds of nerdy joy.

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What a turnout. Even tiny Batman came by to say hi!

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Cosplay in America, Launch Party

Cosplay in America is a photography book by Ejen Chuang. In 2009, he went to six different anime conventions across the country, compiling photos for the book.

The result? The first and most extensive documentation of last year’s generation of cosplayers in America.

All characters, all races, all genders are featured in this book– and if you’re familiar with the convention scene, you would probably recognize quite a few people. The book is straightforward but its design is quite sleek and cool– Cheung took great care with all the pictures. All his photos reflect how much he admires the hobby and the people who love it.

The launch party book was hosted in Royal-T’s backroom. Quite a good crowd of photographers, onlookers and cosplayers showed up. Yes, I did decide to cosplay for the event just to get into the spirit of things, of course! Though it isn’t easy to take pictures while other people are taking yours! It is definitely a strange feeling every time I put on a costume again, but I can’t always deny my love for dressing up.

CLICK HERE for those morbidly curious about my old cosplay years!

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Nonetheless, I believe the party was a success and everyone was enthusiastic about the book. Others were excited to see cosplayers featured in the book show up and I spotted a lot of autograph signing.

Tune in Tokyo (currently featured in LA Weekly’s Best of LA People 2009!)  kept the Japanese music pumping in the room. Cosplayers jumped on the dance floor to show off their para para moves (my videos of those will be uploaded soon, by the way!) and eager voices sang along with the Pokemon theme song.

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Cosplay-lovers should definitely add this book to their collection. It is a good representation of– well, cosplay in America!

The book sold out at the party, but Chuang is taking more pre-orders at his website and you can find him at conventions selling copies.

Cosplay in America Website

Cosplay in America Twitter

Don’t forget to check out his website for more information.

Watch the slideshow of the photos I took at the event:

CLICK HERE to view the flickr gallery.

Kitties and Batties!

THREE APPLES // hello kitty goth party!

The Hello Kitty celebration ended for me at the Bats & Cats Masquerade, hosted by the super BubblePunch team… but what a EPIC, FABULOUS last party, it was!

I arrived at Royal/T Cafe at around 8pm after work that night and the line was already insanely long!!! Wow!!! An indication of how the cafe would be constantly crowded throughout the night!!! It was a little scary.

Inside, some of us relished the opportunity to move around and talk as the crowd slowly trickled in. I got my drink on before I worked to help moderated the line for the Hello Kitty photo booth. People sure got restless every time Hello Kitty went on a break…

I got the ‘Black Cat’ drink, by the way. It was really yummy.

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After a couple of hours, I was relieved of duty and was allowed to prance around the crowd to take some photos. I ran into so many familiar faces that night! I’m so happy they all made it (and made it in inside, for that matter…). I was on my feet and talking every minute to so many people that my voice was GONE by the end of the night… and for that rest of the weekend. That’s how you party, people. Ha.

Seriously, Michelle and True Mee did an amazing job putting the whole shebang together. I can’t imagine organizing anything to that extent (okay, so I did it ONCE and I learned my lesson, that’s for sure XD)– over 1000 people attended! Big kudos to them and all the people that helped them out.

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Checking on my friends, waiting in line– they were troopers for waiting it out for so long.
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When Missy and Lisa finally made it in, things got a little silly…
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Check out the rest of my photos on flickr!

Don’t forget to check out Bubble Punch.com for official photos and links to blogs and photo galleries!

Got my Gyaru On

THREE APPLES // hello kitty gyaru night
Photo by HI HI CARO!

Went to ZIPPERCUT‘s Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style— good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay long and take as many photos that night.

The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn’t overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture… this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I’ve never taken the time to delve into its full history. It’s a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some ‘power’ in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I’ve always found Japan’s extreme rebellions quite interesting… but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.

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Small collection of photos HERE!

Hello Kitty's weight is equal to Three Apples!

I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!

THREE APPLES // meet the artists I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d’Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes… I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn’t even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.

The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn’t have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!

The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It’s going to be amazing and fun.

The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.

It’s fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: “I used to have that!”

It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people’s childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here’s to another 35 years!

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More photos at my Meet the Artists flickr set!

Three Apples : Happy Birthday, Hello Kitty!

Three Apples//VIP Party! Sanrio celebrates Hello Kitty’s 35th  birthday with an ongoing celebration centralized around Royal-T Cafe in Culver City, California. Several parties are going on throughout the rest of this month and next month; check their website for the schedule and details!

Last night, thanks to the ladies of Bubble Punch, I got to attend the opening VIP party! The night didn’t start off too well as we stood in line for almost over an hour, waiting to be allowed inside. They had invited too many people and the fire marshals declared the venue at over capacity. They had to stop letting people in…! Fortunately, our heroine, Steph came to our rescue and we were able to go in earlier than we had imagined!

Three Apples//VIP Party! The wait was completely worth it, to be honest. Not only was Royal-T decked to the bones with Hello Kitty decorations and paraphernalia, the crowd was awesome, amazing artwork, great music, free food, and… OPEN BAR, BABY! There was also a bit of a celebrity hubbub at the event (attendees included Paris Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Dave Navarro, Yoshiki from X Japan etc.), but personally… I was too busy loving on all the Hello Kitty toys and merchandise…!!! My inner-twelve years old was in heaven!!! There was even a trailer home with a Hello Kitty theme; including a soft, pink, fluffy bed!

More Hello Kitty fun will come as the events happen, so stay tuned!

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With Lady Gaga’s Hello Kitty dress!

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More photos in my flickr gallery!!!

Japanology : BOSOZOKU

I never got around to posting about this event— better late than never, I guess! Royal-T Cafe, Bubblepunch and Zippercut host a monthly(ish) event called ‘Japanology’. Each month, they pick a topic of focus about one of Japan’s many, and most of the time deviant, subcultures. In September, I attended a movie screening and lecture about Bosozoku, aka biker gangs in Japan!

There was a small photo booth set up with a vintage motorcycle as prop for the models. It was fun hanging out and pretending to be a ‘yanki‘ for the night.

I admit, I use to daydream about joining a Japanese girl biker gang! This was as close as I could get, I guess…

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Me in the center of a truly formidable gang of badass ladies.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but we had fun. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the photos!

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Not only was Crusaders & Haters full of superhero fun– but myself and fellow blogger, Nancy (aka Mjade) has been reunited after two years! Whew! It’s been awhile! But she is currently visiting from England up until Comic-Con in San Diego next weekend.

These type of nerdy parties are more of my scene than hers, so we all appreciate her making the effort to attend! GO NANCY!

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Missy, Nancy, and me!

This is by far one of the more crowded Royal-T event that I’ve attended. The art show was curated by Danie Franzese, and the costume opening party was organized by the lovely Mandy of ZIPPERCUT. Good music, good crowd, and a great photographer (Drew Yoon) was present to take pictures at the photo booth.

Of course, the usual crowd of ladies– and some gentlemen!– who loves to dress up attended sporting some great costumes!

Who said nerds couldn’t have a classy and fun party?

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True Mee as She-Ra and me!

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Check out the rest of my photos on my flickr!